Research Articles

Research Articles

The Impact of Faith on Society: Some Global Perspectives

The Critique of Christian FaithThe critique of the Christian faith has become much louder and more persistent in recent years, particularly...

Local Churches and Sport

Several decades ago, sport and the church existed side-by-side within many local communities. In fact, in many places, local churches took...

Christianity After Religion?

It has been suggested that some patterns of religious involvement in the USA are about 20 years behind those in Australia....

Migrant Families and Churches

The flood of refugees from Syria is pulling at the heart-strings of the world. Many hundreds of thousands of people are...

Leadership into the Unknown

We all make decisions that have an impact on our future. Yet, we can never be sure what the future will...

Lay Pastoral Ministry

In many denominations, non-ordained people are involved in ministry alongside those who are ordained. Research undertaken by the Christian Research Association...

Edward Bailey and Implicit Religion

Edward Bailey was a maverick in the study of religion. He was an Anglican priest who was Rector of Winterbourne, Diocese...

Environmental Concerns among Christians and Others

The lyrics of Australia’s national anthem reflect the environmental uniqueness of this country. With phrases such as “golden soil”, “nature’s gifts”,...

Coaching: An Essential Ingredient

“No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a...

Does Faith Give You Better Health?

A recent book by Rodney Stark, a renowned sociologist of religion in the United States of America, America’s Blessings, argued that...

Pilgrimage

The theme of the conference of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion held in Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium in 2015 was...

Youth Leadership

In most organisations, leadership is one of the keys to the successful achievement of the organisation’s goals. This is true in...

Why Young People are Leaving the Church?

A large proportion of children who grow up attending a church in Australia, United Kingdom or USA drop-out of church attendance....

Is there an Optimum Length of Ministry?

I was once talking with a colleague who mentioned that very often churches experience decline in attendance at worship services during...